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Mrs. Marcos clued me into the fact that local pizza place, Punch, was included in the March 2010 issue of Rachael Ray’s magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray. Basically they did a “March Madness” style bracket for pizza and took favorites from all over the country and broke them down into East Coast, West Coast, Southwest, and Midwest and then pitted them against each other in a pizza showdown for the record books.
While it was definitely a very cool idea, in theory, I’m not quite sure it’s fair to pit individual pizzas against each other in order to find a national winner. While it certainly fits the time of the year well, it would have been much better for them to run the contest much like how we did the Lazy Lightning South Metro Pizza Taste Test–you know, scientifically ;-)
Anyway, while I recognized some of the heavy hitters on the East Coast, I was not familiar with any in the Midwest aside from Punch. I enjoy Punch pizza quite a bit, don’t get me wrong, but I’m quite certain I would not consider it my favorite pizza in Minnesota. So I can’t say that I was all that surprised that Punch did not advance past the second round.